Biggs: With the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft …
We’ve been regularly tracking the race for the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft over the last few months, a sprint that no one wants to win with the money that is going to the top picks each year now, and with no rookie wage scale in sight yet.
Finally, one team has taken a lead as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers flew as far as they could across the country to upset the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday and earn their second victory of the season. That leaves the St. Louis Rams (1-13) as the clear favorite to land the top pick in the draft, an even more distressing situation for the organization if it cannot identify a quarterback worth taking with that selection.
As the National Football Post’s Wes Bunting noted, the decision of Washington quarterback Jake Locker to return to school next fall will create a shakeup for many teams looking for passers, like the Rams.
Of course, after swinging and missing several times over the last decade in efforts to land top defensive tackles, the Rams could easily be drawn to Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh.
The last time the Rams had the top overall pick was 1997 and they did pretty well with the selection of left tackle Orlando Pace, a Pro Football Hall of Fame candidate when his playing days are over.
But it’s not over yet, and with two weeks to go anything could happen. Let’s look at the path to No. 1:
St. Louis (1-13): at Arizona, San Francisco
Comment: The Cardinals nearly lost to Detroit on Sunday but if they’re going to shut it down, that figures to happen in Week 17.
Detroit (2-12): at San Francisco, Chicago
Comment: Suh would be perfect in the middle of Jim Schwartz’s rebuilding defense, but Lions could struggle to get top pick once again.
Tampa Bay (2-12): at New Orleans, Atlanta
Comment: Bucs had been competitive for a while and stunned the Seahawks with a better defensive effort.
Cleveland (3-11): Oakland, Jacksonville
Comment: Win over Chiefs on Sunday likely removed them from contention.
Kansas City (3-11): at Cincinnati, at Denver
Comment: Allowing the Browns, the Browns!, to score 41 points kept them in the picture.
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